They Gave For Us
At the end of this month, American
flags the world over will be lowered
to half staff. Memorial Day, May 30,
has come to mean a brief period of
national reverence, honoring our war
Unfortunately, their numbers have
increased since the inception of Me-
morial Day in 1868. However, the
practice of decorating the graves of
war dead is much older than that. The early Greeks and Romans decorated
the graves of warriors on a specified day each year. In Europe, memorial
days were held during the Middle Ages. The Chinese and Japanese have an
age-old memorial observance called the Festival of Lanterns.
In the United States, Memorial Day was inspired by several women who
visited a cemetery in Columbus, Miss., in 1867 to decorate the graves of their
Confederate sons and husbands.
When they were finished, they looked across to the graves of the Union
soldiers, unattended, drab and forgotten. They couldn’t bring themselves
to ignore the graves of the fallen
northern men. The women then care-
fully decorated the graves of the
Union soldiers until there was noth-
ing to distinguish them from the Con-
This incident and others touched
the hearts of the nation, giving hope
that a nation torn asunder by civil
war might once again be united in
In response to the gesture of the
impartial southern women. Major
General John A. Logan, Commander-
in-Chief of the Grand Army of the
Republic, a Union veterans organiza-
tion, designated May 30 as Memorial
Since that time, Americans differ-
ing in ideas but united in purpose,
have paid their respects to those who
died for them.
OUR COVER: Taiwan’s 72-foot high Buddha is
the tallest in the Far East. Story on page 8.
Volume 3, Number 5
2 They Gave For Us
3 Dept. 6 is Flying High
4 Pass in Review
5 The Cane Cutters of
8 ASA Taiwan
12 R&R Report
13 Hall of Fame
14 Top T eacher is Agency
TC&S Opens Mock
15 As I See It
Charles J. Denholm
Jeffrey A. Rochlis
Chief, Command Information Div.
Barry N. Winslow
Veronica H. Novicke
Dennis K. Moloney
PFC Tommy J. McPeak
SP5 Larry Smith
SP4 Robert E. Murray
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THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
ASA “AVIATION ACADEMY”
The only ASA “Aviation Academy”
in existence is at Ft. Devens, Mass.
The Devens Army Airfield is the host
for the training facility known as
Department 6 of the Training Center
Since its inception two and one-
half years ago, the academy has at-
tained an envious reputation. Estab-
lished primarily to provide special
training for experienced aviators, the
facility now handles more than 20
aviators a month.
In its infancy, the department was
called the Air Division, and attached
to Department 2 of the TC&S. In
those days, the facility’s instructional
element consisted of two aviation
officers and six enlisted men. Today,
as a result of the agency’s increased
involvement in aviation, the original
eight-man unit has grown to its pres-
ent staff of 29 instructional and sup-
Since the establishment of the op-
eration in 1967, more than 300 avia-
tors have completed the four-week
course, flying a total of over 3,000
The flight facility’s inventory of air-
craft includes two RU-8D twin-engine
Seminoles, one RU-6A single-engine
Beaver, and one RU-IA single-engine
Lieutenant Colonel Robert B.
Galusha has been the director of De-
partment 6 since June 1968. The
instructor pilots are Chief Warrant
Officers Jimmie Johnson, Fletcher
Parrish, Leonard Gearan, James Dat-
ka and John Swenson Jr. These men
have all served at least two tours in
Southeast Asia and have flown many
hours in combat areas. Supplement-
ing this staff is an NCO corps of in-
structors and maintenance men.
Maturity and professionalism char-
acterize the cadre and all (except the
instructor pilots) are ASA personnel.
The total flying time accumulated
by the staff is estimated to be over
19,000 hours. As a result of their
efforts, the men have garnered every
medal and decoration up to and in-
cluding the Distinguished Flying
Cross. They boast a combined total of
229 awards of the Air Medal, each
award representing 25 or more aerial
flights over hostile territory.
With all this experience, there are
some aspects of instruction that no
men can perform. Because of New
England’s rough winter weather. De-
partment 6 has incorporated the
unique skills of a flight simulator.
Originally installed for use during in-
clement weather, the simulator soon
proved to be a valuable device for
diagnosing and correcting individual
student weaknesses. Since becoming
an integral part of the program, the
machine has been “flown” in excess
of 2,000 hours.
Now that good weather is prevail-
ing, the academy’s student pilots can
look forward to plenty of ‘real’ time.
Aircraft used by the Air Division, USASATC&S, on taxi strip at Ft. Devens Army
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
A roundup of ASA news from Hallmark correspondents
FS Asmara — A Kagnew Station MP
roused a family of five from their
smoke-filled quarters early last March
and possibly saved their lives.
Specialist 4 Dane Lieblong was
working the midnight shift when, at
4:30 a.m., he spotted smoke pouring
from the windows of quarters 315-C
near the field station’s main gate.
After calling the fire department,
SP4 Lieblong ran to the house and
pounded on the front door, awakening
Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Richard Hep-
kins and their family of three children.
Mrs. Hopkins claimed that when
she went to her children's rooms she
couldn’t see the beds because of the
thick smoke. Fortunately, the family
had little difficulty in getting out of
The source of the smoke was a
malfunctioning furnace but the dam-
age to the quarters was not considered
serious . . . thanks to a quick think-
ing MP named Lieblong.
FS Asmara — Kagnew Station, the sub-
ject of our feature story in the March
issue, is located at Asmara on the
It is a beautiful area with a color-
ful background, but until April 7,
Asmara looked more like the Sahara
than the lush green tract it used to
The scene on that fateful day was
reported as one of near disbelief as
the first recordable rainfall in months
fell on the bone-dry field station. It
lasted only 45 minutes but nearly one-
quarter of an inch was recorded on
this thirsty plateau.
The torrential downpour meant
much more to Kagnewites than just a
harbinger of a rainy season. It also
gave a glimmer of hope that, maybe
soon, the scant water supply would
be increased enough to end the two-
hour-a-day water ration and the con-
stant and futile drilling for new
sources of supply.
. . . Where Credit is Due
According to Command Sergeant
Major William C. Dials, many agency
personnel deserve credit for their
dedication not only to their jobs but
to their activities during their off-duty
time as well. Recently, he said, “The
men don’t depend on the aid of
others when it comes to improving
their living conditions and the appear-
ance of their facilities. They do it
voluntarily. And, for applying self-
help, they deserve a lot of credit.”
During his recent visit to Germany,
the sergeant major was impressed
when he heard about the off-duty ac-
tivities of personnel from two groups.
The first group at Field Station
Bad Aibling operates the station’s Vol-
unteer Fire Department. The men
here are devoted to these extra duties.
They put in many hours toward im-
proving their fire department and
making it the best in Europe. Consid-
ering the second place they won in the
1969 U.S. Army Competition for Vol-
unteer Fire Departments, they’re well
on their way.
The other group the sergeant major
cited is from Detachment J, Field
Station Herzogenaurach, located at
Mt. Schneeberg. Through self-help,
these men have accomplished many
tasks normally done by members of
an engineer unit or a civilian contract
organization. For example: 1), they
built a 53-foot extension to the opera-
tions building; 2), they spread more
than 1,000 tons of rock and fill dirt,
and 40 tons of top soil; and 3), they
poured 50 cubic meters of concrete.
Who can be certain of the savings
the Army has realized because of the
self-help accomplishments of these
men and others like them? No one
can. But for voluntarily channeling
their energies to constructive activities,
they do deserve credit.
Arlington, Va . — Bowling is an inter-
esting sport. Granted, the pins are
all arranged exactly the same way be-
fore the bowler rolls his first ball, but
what happens after that is not always
a standard procedure.
If there are to he any heroics in
bowling, they usually occur on the
second shot. For instance, to wipe-
out the 7-10 split, known as “bed
posts,” requires great skill. And there
are plenty of other combinations on
this second shot when some pins are
down and some still standing.
What are the options for heroics on
a first shot? There is only one, a
strike, when all ten pins are bowled
over. This feat requires great coordi-
nation and skill, but strikes are a
dime-a-dozen in bowling.
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Colello, HQ
USASA, may have made the ‘shot of
the year.’ He maintains a 160 aver-
age and bowls for the Splinters in the
Arlington Hall Station league on
The dubious distinction of having
made the ‘shot of the year’ was ac-
complished with the roll of his first
ball. It wasn’t a strike, as a matter of
fact, all 11 pins remained after this
fateful attempt. (11?)
It seems that an erratic pin-spotter
threw a pin out in front of the rake
in the right hand gutter just before
Joe’s turn. As a remedy, Joe took an
extra ball and proceeded to clean the
gutter. However, much to the bewil-
derment of the spectators, he walked
up to the line and very carefully threw
the ball into the left gutter. When
the roar subsided, he made a second
and successful attempt with a two-
hand, “big dipper” shot which was
greeted with a thunderous ovation.
When queried on his initial plan
our hero was non-committal. Here
Joe, see what you can do with this:
ZOT! (Courtesy of his teammates.)
In our previous issue, the
Ideas & Opinion article listed the
Kagnew Gazelle as the Kagnew
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
The Cane-Cutters of Sobe
An Agency Helping
Hand to the
Story and photos by former SP4 Ron
Walker, Information Specialist, USA-
SAFS Sobe, now attending OCS at Ft.
When viewed objectively and ex-
pressed in the fashionable, hyphenated
jargon of the day, it was a “mini-
event” or perhaps even an “un-event.”
For the Okinawan farmers in Feb-
ruary and March, the harvesting of
sugar cane is a day-to-day fact of life.
That four men assigned to Field Sta-
tion Sobe joined seven local farmers
in their fields for a full day of work
one Saturday in March is not in itself
No one-day production records
were established, but quantitative in-
dexes have a way of ignoring ‘help-
ing hands’ and matters of that na-
ture and, consequently, should be left
to tax men and actuaries.
Moreover, for these 11 individuals,
the number of bundles harvested of-
fers no adequate measure of the day.
It was merely the down-home,
neighborly thing to do. The four men.
Master Sergeant James Hedges, Spe-
cialist 5 Keith Tharp and Specialists
4 Ernie Hatfield and John Slice,
simply wanted to help out. There
was no detail, no project, no official
sanction. They were there only be-
cause they wanted to be there. For
the most part, they were short on
cane-cutting experience, yet before the
day was over, they knew both the
routine and their own sore muscles
from the ground up.
There was no American paternal-
ism or a suggestion of a better way
of doing things. The four just slipped
into the process where they could help
out. The three younger members of
the quartet assisted primarily in the
bundling and transporting cane, while
MSG Hedges found himself outfitted
with a sickle to strip the downed cane.
Cutting cane is not easy work, but
this day was not to be filled with all
work and no play. To ward off the
dull muscles, the wife of one of the
farmers appeared in the fields around
ten o’clock during the overcast morn-
ing, carrying piping-hot tea and small
sandwiches. Noon found the 11 -man
crew back in Sobe village before a
huge meal of omelet, fried rice and
mushroom soup. The same wife was
back in the field around two-thirty in
the afternoon with “fried potatoes,
pork, you name it.” Reaching for
another helping, a somewhat stout
John Slice half-heartedly complained.
“No matter how hard I work today.
I’m still bound to gain weight out
Work has a language and a kin-
ship all its own, and MSG Hedges
went on to say, “There’s no language
barrier working with these guys.” The
Americans’ knowledge of the Japanese
“Laughs, intonations and an impromptu
sign language filled the gaps . .
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
language went no further than that
carried by most of the troops on the
island, and their Okinawan counter-
parts fared no better with English.
Laughs, intonations and an im-
promptu sign language filled the gaps,
and business went on as usual.
With the Americans sparing their
small neighbors the man-handling of
the 8-foot, 50-pound bundles of sugar
cane, the crew was able to clear ap-
proximately 375 bundles, about 200
more than are usually extracted by the
Okinawan crew in one day. The
Okinawans were clearly delighted in
having reduced two days’ work into
one, and their consciences were justi-
fiably clear to plan on taking off most
of Sunday to attend the bull fights.
This was not to be simply a one-
shot affair. Plans were made for
the same, low-key continuance of the
work. MSG Hedges, after meeting
the farmers early the next morning,
said: “And do you know once I
got down there Sunday morning, they
had a brand spanking new sickle all
sharpened and waiting for me and
they said, ‘Here sergeant, yours.’
That’s the kind of guys they are.”
Reason enough for this “mini-
Seven Sobe farmers and four GIs assigned to FS Sobe open up one of their
‘snack circles” to pose for this picture. Scattered throughout the group from
left to right are SP5 Keith Tharp, MSG James Hedges, SP4 John Slice and SP4
. . and business went on as usual.”
Framed by the farmer's cart, SP4 John Slice carries another bundle of stripped
cane out of the fields and to the already heaping pile.
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
‘‘There was no American pater-
nalism or a suggestion of a better
way of doing things . . . Work has
a language and kinship all its
own . .
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
Spring and Autumn Pavilions charm visitors to Tsoying.
Field Station, Taiwan, is a tenant unit
located at Shu Lin Kou Air Station.
The station is operated by the 6987th
Security Group, under the command
of the Air Force Security Service.
It is a tri-service installation with
representative groups of the Army,
Navy and Air Force.
The station facilities are more
modern and complete now than when
the installation was first established in
1955 as a tent city.
Shu Lin Kou Station, usually re-
ferred to as Linkou, is situated on
a mountain plateau approximately 16
miles northwest of Taipei, the capital
of the Republic of China. It is a few
miles southwest of the Tamsui River
and about five miles from the China
Sea. At an altitude of 834 feet above
sea level, it lies in an area surrounded
principally by tea plantations.
The installation takes its name,
which is translated “Mouth of the
Forest,” from a nearby village where
many local employees of the station
A narrow, winding, hard-surfaced
mountain road connects the station
with metropolitan Taipei and sur-
rounding areas. The entire drive is a
breathtaking experience, and the view
of the valley is beautiful, especially on
a clear day.
Taiwan has a history of playing
host to many nations. First named
Formosa (meaning beautiful) by the
Portuguese in 1590, attempts at settle-
ment met with varied success. At one
time or another, the Portuguese,
Dutch, Spaniards, Japanese and
French attempted to establish ship-
ping ports as a means of exploiting
Japan was perhaps the most suc-
cessful in colonizing Taiwan. In 1895,
China ceded Taiwan to Japan and
Japan developed it as a major sup-
plier of rice and sugar. After the
defeat of Japan in World War II,
Taiwan was turned over to the Chi-
nese Nationalist Government.
In 1949 and 1950, following vic-
tories of the Chinese Communists on
the mainland; an estimated 2 million
Nationalist troops, government offi-
cials and other refugees poured onto
the island. Taiwan then became the
effective territory of the Republic of
China (Nationalist China). In 1955,
Nationalist China and the United
States entered into a mutual security
agreement to defend the island against
the Communists. United States assist-
ance was given in two forms, eco-
nomic and military.
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
A typical fishermen’s harbor on the China Sea.
The bridegroom lifts the veil from his bride in this Chinese
Today, Taiwan is a museum of
ancient Chinese tradition. She is per-
haps the last home of authentic Chi-
nese culture and her efforts to main-
tain this precious tradition go hand in
hand with the emphasis on education
The population of Taiwan is pre-
dominantly Chinese, and seven major
dialects are spoken by these people.
The aborigines, numbering about
200,000, are of Indonesian origin and
live in the foothills and highlands.
Lowland Taiwan has a warm cli-
mate. In the north, ocean currents
keep the mean temperature of the
coldest month, January, around 58
degrees. Summers are hot and humid,
and in the south, winters are warm to
hot as well.
On Shu Lin Kou Station, there are
a variety of recreational facilities
available. They include: a gymnasium
and adjacent athletic fields; a Service
Meet Miss Chang Mei Wao, famous
Club with a game room in a neigh-
boring building; a six-lane Bowling
Alley; Base Theater; Library; five-
hole pitch and putt course located on
an excellent multipurpose recreation
area; picnic grounds; and auto, wood,
photo, electronics and ceramics hobby
shops. The ball field, swimming pool
and tennis courts are lighted for night
Approximately six miles from the
station on a rolling plateau is a very
fine 18-hole golf course, the Linkou
International Golf and Country Club.
The Taiwan Golf and Country Club
is located in Tamsui, and the Taipei
Club borders the river in the city of
Taipei. Excellent arrangements have
been made with these country clubs
for accommodating golfers, particu-
larly at the Linkou Club.
In maintaining good Sino-American
relations, the field station and its
detachments are involved in support-
Yeh Leiu National Park, north of Tamsui, features a beach
dotted with fantastic rock formations.
The Lungshan Temple, a Buddhist edifice in Taipei, is known
for its ornate roof decorations and wood carvings.
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
ing many local charities. Formerly,
the main charity was the St. Martin
De Porres Hospital which originated
as the Chia Yi Clinic. A hospital
drive was initiated in January 1963 to
replace the inadequate clinic. The new
hospital was completed in October
1966. At the hospital’s opening cere-
monies, the field station was presented
a plaque symbolizing everlasting grat-
itude and friendship for its help in
making the hospital a reality.
Since the drive first started in 1963,
more than $4,000 has been collected
and forwarded to the hospital. In
addition, an emergency generator and
air conditioner were donated for use
in the operating room.
Now that the St. Martin De Porres
Hospital has been established, ASA
personnel have turned their efforts
and concentration to the Chung
Hsing Orphanage. It is located in
downtown Taipei and houses approxi-
mately 80 children. To date, the unit
has donated athletic equipment in-
cluding basketballs, volleyballs, bad-
minton sets and jump ropes. The
unit has also donated a washing
machine to the school and uniforms
for each of the 80 children living at
the orphanage. The ASA families have
donated many boxes of clothing and
in October, a picnic was held at Shu
Lin Kou Air Station for all of the
children of Chung Hsing.
Rehabilitation of the orphanage,
conducted during normal off-duty
hours, included installation of win-
dow glass, cleaning and interior paint-
ing of the orphanage.
All single ASA personnel assigned
to Taiwan live in permanent dormi-
tories provided by the host Air Force
unit. Since the Air Station is very
small, there is no on-post housing for
The accompanied married person-
nel of the unit live in Taipei or its
surrounding villages. For the most
part, living conditions are more than
suitable for the Americans living on
The unit, formerly known as the
76th USASA Special Operations Unit,
was redesignated Field Station Taiwan
on Dec. 15, 1967. This unit has con-
tinuously served the agency well, and
its location continues to be the site of
an exciting ASA tour.
Largest Buddha statue in the Far East
(72 feet high) is located at Changhua.
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
LJ News from USASA Headquarters
D.C. Police Recruits Authorized 150-Day ‘Early Out’ —
Because of law enforcement problems in Washington,
D.C., the Department of Defense has authorized a special
early release program for police recruits in that city. Ini-
tiated on Feb. 1, 1970, this program will be in effect
through June 30, 1970.
The program is open to enlisted men from all oversea
commands as well as the 50 states. Those persons ap-
pointed to the D.C. Police Department may be released
from the service up to 150 days in advance of their ex-
piration term of service. To qualify, applicants must:
► Have an ETS date falling between Feb. 1, and Nov.
► Be in the 20 to 29-age group and have good moral
► Weigh at least 140 pounds, be 5 feet 7 to 6 feet 5
in height, and have at least 20/60 vision correctable to
20 / 20 .
► Be able to pass a U.S. Civil Service written exami-
► Flave a high school diploma, equivalency certificate
or a minimum of one year of police experience in a city
with a half-million or more population.
The D.C. police officers start at $8,000 per year and
a bill before Congress proposes to increase this to $8,500.
They have merit opportunities as well as excellent retire-
ment, medical and family benefits.
For additional information, contact your Unit Personnel
D-Day for Wearing Subdued Insignia — Effective July 1,
1970, it will be mandatory for personnel, worldwide, to
wear the new subdued insignia on their field jackets and
The changeover will affect grade insignia for all per-
sonnel, but branch insignia applies to officers and war-
rant officers only. The unit patch and combat or special
skill badges must also be of the subdued type. The
switch to subdued name tape and U.S. Army markings
was made last year.
Enlisted personnel will be issued the unit patch, in-
signia of grade and combat or special skill badges. All
except the unit patch will be of the metal pin type. The
pin type is the only kind enlisted members will be au-
thorized to wear to show their rank on field jackets and
New Overcoats by October 1970 — The date for obtain-
ing the new Army green (AG 44) overcoats has been
extended from July 1 to October 1.
On that date all active Army officers, warrant officers
and enlisted men will be required to have this item in
The old topcoats, OG 107 and Taupe 121, will no
longer be issued. Personnel with outmoded coats are re-
quired to exchange them for the new one.
Presentation of Awards Must Be Timely — .Awards must
be presented soon after they have been earned if they
are to be effective in building and maintaining morale.
Since the primary purpose of the Awards Program is
to provide tangible and timely evidence of recognition of
exceptionally meritorious service or achievement, presen-
tation of awards must be timely.
An award received many months after the service is
completed, either through the mail or from a military com-
mander with whom the recipient did not serve or has
nothing in common, is a poor substitute for recognition
in the presence of his comrades.
To achieve timely presentations, recommendations for
awards should reach Headquarters, USASA, for review
no later than 45 days prior to an individual’s final date
of service with his current organization.
Accrued Leave Paid to Reenlistees — Personnel who are
discharged within three months of their ETS to reenlist
can now be paid for accrued leave.
The payment is a result of a change to the DOD Pay
and Allowances Manual which went into effect March 25,
1969. Prior to that date, payment for accrued leave was
not made until personnel were discharged from active
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
R AND R REPORT
USASA sports, recreation and entertainment
Hakata, Japan — On March 15 at the
Hakata gymnasium, 250 Japanese and
American children locked arms and
legs, flipped each other around and
then left — smiling and friendly.
The kids, aged 5 through 12, were
gathered for the First Annual Jap-
anese-American Youth Judo Tourna-
In addition to promoting commu-
nity relations, the tournament was also
a vehicle for collecting supplies and
furnishing electricity to a remote vil-
lage in Thailand, Ban Wang Kang.
Two large crates of much-needed
school supplies were flown to Thai-
land and presented to the village head-
master of Ban Wang Kang. The most
important accomplishment, however,
was the money raised to furnish elec-
tricity to the village.
Japanese and American children await their turn during the judo competition
held at the Hakata gym.
Two contestants battle it out in the
Japan — Mr. Thomas Bodiker, FS
Hakata, employed all the mental gym-
nastics requisite for logical deduction.
His office key was not to be found at
home, therefore (he deduced), it must
be in his office.
Being of sound mind, Mr. Bodiker
hesitated before rushing to the locked
office to continue the search. There
was a spare key around someplace,
and surely, it could be found. But
alas, a search for the duplicate turned
out to be equally futile.
Not yet feeling entirely unsuccess-
ful, Bodiker procured a ladder from
the base engineers and made the shaky
ascent to the second-story window of
his office. Once inside the building,
his attention to the search was dis-
rupted by his perception of an unusual
draft. Apparently, the strenuousness of
the climb had placed too much stress
on his tailor-made suit; the seam of
his trousers had delicately parted.
As the steam began to build and
spew from various and sundry places,
Bodiker fervently searched, and
searched. Nowhere ... it was no-
With desperation now piercing his
usually unruffled composure, the hap-
less hunter returned home only to find
the key in his jacket pocket. Not just
any jacket pocket mind you, but one
which accompanied him on his entire
misadventure. If that key had been
a ‘’zot,” it would have devoured him
. . . zot — zot — zot!
THE DISTAFF SIDE
Asmara, Ethiopia — The Ernie Pyle
gymnasium at Kagnew Station has
been compared recently to the main
floor of a department store selling
mink at $5.00 a pelt . . . Hectic, man,
It seems that volleyball has struck
the fancies of the women at Kagnew
with as much force as the mini-skirt.
The program was initiated with mod-
est expectations of participation but,
somewhere along the line, the idea
exploded. Now there are 15 teams
involving 145 girls.
With a schedule of 20 games per
squad, the Ernie Pyle gym should
be the scene of some exciting action
Who says volleyball isn’t a specta-
Massachusetts — In the March King of
the Hill bowling event at Ft. Devens,
Master Sergeant James Smith broke
loose in a big way.
It started with his consistent series
of 235-233-236 for a 704 total, shat-
tering the previous record of 639 in
King of the Hill bowling. It was the
first 700 series bowled at Ft. Devens.
He rolled six strikes in a row in his
first game and went on to bowl five
in a row in the second game.
Smith didn’t stop there. In his
third unbelievable game, he strung
six strikes in a row once again and
collected the $200 jackpot.
When asked to comment on his
phenomenal showing that day, MSG
Smith simply said, “It was just luck.
Everything coordinated all at once.”
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
HALL OF FAME
Awards and honors won by military and civilian USASA members
LEGION OF MERIT
LIEUTENANT COLONEL: Howard
MAJOR: Carl P. Thorpe (1).
MASTER SERGEANT: Douglas D.
BRONZE STAR MEDAL
LIEUTENANT COLONEL: Robert
MAJOR: Robert Melzer.
FIRST SERGEANT: Robert Daniel.
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS: Alan
Donston, Robert A. Valdez.
STAFF SERGEANT: James Bidlack.
SPECIALIST 5: Dennis Roberts,
Herbert A. Wilson.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
LIEUTENANT COLONEL: Leslie
MAJOR: Richard G. Bigford, James
M. Hendrick Jr., George D. Rankin
CAPTAIN: William H. Bergman,
Richard W. Hahn, David H. New-
land, Haskel Simonowitz.
FIRST LIEUTENANT: Anthony P.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2:
Paul D. Massie.
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR:
Dean R. Shideler.
FIRST SERGEANT: Donald W. Col-
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS: Delba
D. Campbell, Jack B. Harris, Billy
STAFF SERGEANT: Richard T.
Mehall, Henry E. White.
SPECIALIST 6: Larry D. Lemacks.
STAFF SERGEANT: Gary K. Bauer.
SPECIALIST 4: Mark S. Moser.
MAJOR: Porter B. Dillon (1).
CAPTAIN : Robert E. Baker ( 1 ) ,
Wayne L. Clement (1), William A.
Francois, Joseph Waldron (Chap-
FIRST LIEUTENANT: Richard D.
Archer, Richard S. Childers, Eric S.
Hansen, James G. Landry, Frederick
F. Schwertfeger, Paul G. Wiley.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2:
Mack H. Griddell, Donald L. Morris.
WARRANT OFFICER 1 : Michael L.
MASTER SERGEANT: Cleveland
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS: Eugene
L. Alexander, George Brewer, Robert
N. Cauley, Charles E. Clare (1),
Eugene Conn, Ronald J. Hesketh,
Samuel J. Madrid (2), Harold F.
McQuaid, Lemuel S. Sigler, Joseph
STAFF SERGEANT: Ronald A.
Barz, Richard R. Bourbeau, Trento
J. Castricone, Roger J. Clark, Law-
rence D. Connell, Donald R. David-
son, Jay D. Dotts, Donald K. Greg-
ory, Earl T. Marshall, Douglas Mil-
ler Jr., Joseph D. Murphy, Carl M.
Sears (1), Jimmie C. Smith (1),
John N. Smith, William D. Smith,
James M. Spinelli, Theadore J. Van
SPECIALIST 6: Donald G. Draper,
Charles E. Rickwald.
SERGEANT: Randy M. Stonicher.
SPECIALIST 5: Jerry A. Anderson,
Michael T. Eaton, Phalen D. Frey,
David L. Green, William J. Jackson
Jr., Rickey O. Johnston, Thomas R.
Kirk, Michael E. Mager, John J.
McNamara, Philip V. Mortensen,
Keith Y. Oda, Thomas E. O’Malley,
Christopher A. Scobie, Michael F.
Shuff, Timothy E. Swaty, Don C.
Tatum, Donald E. Watts, Douglas J.
SPECIALIST 4: Ernest L. Allen,
Robert McKim, Timothy J. Phillips,
John N. Stevens.
TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL:
Richard L. Tallman.
TO MASTER SERGEANT: Sam-
TO SERGEANT FIRST CLASS:
Daniel C. Horton, William P. Kerk-
hoff Jr., Michael A. Waxman.
Outstanding Performance Award
Henry A. Allem, Harold E. Allen,
Mrs. Vivienne L. Austin, Warren Beck,
John Bell, Lloyd E. Blomeley, Mrs.
Betty Boyd, Mrs. Ernestine Brown,
Gene Browning, George P. Buckley,
Theodore Buschman, Alphonse Can-
ciglia, Mrs. Sofia Charron, Mrs. Rose
R. Corley, George Crackel, Carlyle
Craig, Miss Marilyn Crow, James D.
Davis, Mrs. Claire R. Dean, Mrs.
Theodora DeCarli, Miss Jane Flynn,
Edward Fortner, Henry Franklin,
Raymond Freeman, Jimmie B. Gar-
rett, William Gentry, Joseph C. Gur-
ley, Mrs. Brenda Hamrick, Carl J.
Hasz, Jack F. Healey, Jackie Keith,
William Lee, Miss Beatrice Legendre,
Lester LeTourneau, William J. Loner-
gan Jr., Ray D. Loyd, Robert Lynn,
Paul A. Lynott, Robert Massey, Iria
McCullough, Mrs. Virginia McDill,
James A. McFadden, Henry McLen-
don, Walter Moran, Mrs. Lula Mor-
ris, Russell Moyer, John O’Hara, Ed-
ward O’Rosky, Edwin S. Pearl,
James F. Pepper, Mrs. Bonnie Perez,
Mrs. Florence Potvin, Laurence Radt-
ke, David P. Reece, Joseph Riley,
James Ritter, John Ryan, John P.
Scherger, William S. Scott, Robert
Semelsberger, Paul Shoemaker, Harry
Siegel, Mrs. Hattie Belle Thomason,
Miss Marvel Thomason, Everett
Trezise, Mrs. Barbara Vick, Daniel
Vol Janin, Charles Wientjes, Mrs.
Jean Wood and Robert F. Zikowitz.
Quality Pay Increase
Mrs. Betty Brooks, Robert Buechner,
Theodore Buschman, Miss Marilyn
Crow, Clarence Drye, Kenneth Farn-
ham, Mrs. Willie M. Fennell, Edward
Flynn, Bernard Foley, Mrs. Mildred
Graefe, George W. Gustin, Mrs.
Brenda Hamrick, Mrs. Sara Harris,
Mrs. Marilyn Kerr, Mrs. Christine
Lawter, Lester C. LeTourneau, Wil-
liam J. Lonergan, Jr., Mrs. Virginia
McDill, Mrs. Frances Montague, Wal-
ter Moran, Paul S. Morton, Erwin
S. Pearl, David Reniere, George Rich-
ardson, William Scott and Gordon
Sustained Superior Performance
John Bell, Henry Franklin, William
Johnson, Paul A. Lynott, Robert
Priestley, Gerald Shamla, Mrs.
Therese Snyder and Mrs. Rebecca
Certificate of Achievement
Mrs. Sandra Ansley and Albert
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
Air Force Tabs Agency Man "Top Teacher”
By CW3 Richard Greer
and SFC Myron Bounds
Goodfellow Det — Annually, from
among the instructor complement at
the US Air Force Security Service
School, Goodfellow AFB, Tex., one
instructor is singled out and honored
by being designated the Outstanding
Instructor of the Year.
In ceremonies conducted March 18,
USASA instructor Specialist 5 John
D. Barton was presented with the
USAFSS School Instructor of the
Year award. Never before has a
non-Air Force instructor achieved this
This program is extremely competi-
tive and judges the best efforts of
more than 325 instructors represent-
ing the three services. It involves
professional evaluation of classroom
instructional periods, instructor de-
meanor, pre-class preparation, instruc-
tor subject-knowledge, speech qual-
ities, lesson delivery and lesson con-
Colonel Robert P. Craig, Director
of Training for the USAFSS School
presented the award and noted in an
accompanying citation that Specialist
Barton’s “. . . classroom performance
reflected superior techniques in lesson
plan development and presentation,
fine military bearing, and excellent
technical knowledge.” COL Craig
also pointed out in the citation that
“Your devotion and dedication to
duty reflected by this accomplishment
aid immeasurably in the successful
completion of the tri-service training
objectives ... I applaud your pro-
fessionalism and extend my congrat-
ulations for your superb job perform-
Specialist Barton, one of approxi-
mately 70 language-trained agency
personnel assigned to the TC&S De-
tachment for duty with the USAFSS
School, is a Russian linguist and a
former member of the Air Force. The
airmen are quick to point out that
Barton’s previous Air Force training
prepared him to compete for the
honor. The ASA personnel at the
school jokingly retort that Barton has
been with the agency for three years
now, and he wears Army green not
Air Force blue. It all amounts to
friendly, inter-service rivalry. The im-
portant point is one on which there
is mutual agreement: SP5 Barton is
a good man to have as a fellow
John Barton, his wife and two
children, will move to Germany soon.
A recent reenlistment option has guar-
anteed a tour of duty at Field Station
Berlin. The only regret might be
Goodfellow’s: they’re losing an ‘out-
TC & S Opens Mock Facility
Recently, a unique training facility
was opened at USASATC&S. On
March 22, Colonel R. W. DesJarlais,
TC&S Commandant, cut the ribbon,
officially putting into use a mock com-
munications center. The facility will
be used to train prospective commu-
nication center inspectors attending
the 2G-F12, EW-Cryptologic Officer
Basic Specialist Course.
Every junior officer attending the
2G-F12 course is taught how to carry
out one of the agency’s vital roles:
assisting Army commanders by insur-
ing their Comm Centers are operat-
ing efficiently and securely.
The plywood-constructed center be-
longs to the Command and Staff
Department of TC&S. It was the
creation of the former chief of the
SIGSEC Division in the department.
Major Ray D. MacKinnon Jr. MAJ
MacKinnon^ who has been associated
with the training of ASA’s junior
officers since August 1966, recognized
LT James Dyer, a student inspector,
gives instructions to one of the opera-
tors in the mock facility.
—Photo by SP4 Ankney.
the need for a nonoperational Comm
Center in which the young ASA
officer could be trained as an in-
spector. He provided O. D. Facemire,
Chief of the Training Aids Division,
Devices Branch, with the require-
ments, and Mr. Facemire’s personnel
produced the finished product. Previ-
ously, the students utilized the opera-
tional Comm Center of the TC&S but
always disrupted operations whenever
they were there.
In the new mock Comm Center,
teletypewriter and associated elec-
tronic equipment are all replicas. A
realistic four-drawer safe is made of
plywood. The “tamper-proof’ vault
door weighs only about 20 pounds,
but looks like the real thing.
Everything found in a fully opera-
tional Comm Center is included in
the training facility. Discrepancies are
built in to test the student’s aware-
ness of proper operation procedures.
THE HALLMARK MAY 1970
As I See It
At the time I was asked to write for
this column, many subjects came to
mind for an article. There was, for
example, the all important promo-
tion system, but it had been ade-
quately covered before.
Recently, a story came to my atten-
tion which convinced me of the need
for everyone to realize the importance
of personnel data input. As you will
see from the following story, this
input has a bearing on promotions,
assignments and other aspects of our
Sergeant First Class James Xray
waited with keen anticipation for the
DA Circular which would list the
names of those personnel selected for
promotion to master sergeant. He
knew that 1 ) , he had qualified for the
primary zone of consideration, 2),
his record was excellent and 3), he
enjoyed a reputation as one of the
finest NCOs in the agency. When the
circular was published, however, SFC
Xray’s name was not on the list.
Since, as we all know, DA policy pre-
cludes giving reasons for not selecting
individuals for promotion, SFC Xray
was not only greatly disappointed but
he had no idea why.
What actually happened was that
the board reviewing the file had no
way of knowing about Xray’s fine
record. The record at DA did not
reflect all the merit contained in his
field 201 file at the unit level. Theo-
retically, it should have. But the fact
lemains, it did not, and SFC Xray
was not only greatly disappointed but
he had no idea why.
The case cited above actually hap-
pened in one of the units here in the
301st and I feel sure there have been
similar occurrences in other units.
The story emphasizes comments made
in other publications, by CSM Dials
and other NCOs about the inadequacy
of records maintained at DA.
The reason for this inadequacy is
simple. Prior to the actual imple-
mentation of the centralized promo-
tion system, not much emphasis was
placed on the requirement to forward
career-related documents such as or-
The column’s guest for this month is
Johnny M. Kelly, Command Sergeant
Major of the 301st ASA Bn (Corps),
Ft. Bragg, N.C.
ders, letters of commendation, school
completions, photos, etc., to DA for
posting. Only recently has this reali-
zation come to light. Unfortunately,
however, many records are not com-
plete. There are record jackets filed
at DA which don’t even contain Form
Try “sizing up a man” with nothing
more than a promotion order and an
extract from a morning report.
Ideally, this file should contain a
duplicate of almost everything that is
in the field 201 file and some addi-
tional items, such as a full length
photograph and all past enlisted evalu-
ation reports. These documents are
most important to the NCO con-
cerned and to a board because selec-
tion is based on the “whole man”
concept. I might add here that these
records are also used for assignment
There are two ways in which NCOs
can ensure that their DA records are
up-to-date. Copies of all pertinent
documents may be reproduced and
mailed to the Office of Personnel Op-
erations. In addition, individuals may
visit that office to personally audit
One of our command sergeants
major was so concerned about this
problem that he personally inspected
the records of all personnel in his
organization. He reported that he
found them deplorable.
The importance of maintaining ac-
curate and complete personnel rec-
ords cannot be overemphasized. It
is an individual’s responsibility to as-
sist personnel officers in this task by
ensuring that the proper input infor-
mation is available. This statement
is applicable not only to NCOs but
to all personnel, whether an Army
career is intended or not.
As a result of the recent promo-
tion policy change affecting grades
E5 and E6, I reviewed the records
of my men and found many which
did not contain completed education
credits. When this situation exists,
individuals are required to verify
credits by transcripts or completion
certificates. Since it takes time to ob-
tain the missing documents, many
men may have to wait two or three
months before they’re considered for
promotion. This could cost an indi-
vidual a great deal not only in terms
of dollars but in a promotion as well,
because should a change occur in
the personnel posture while he’s
waiting for his papers, his chances
for a promotion are lost.
There is one final comment that I
would like to make about the im-
portance of maintaining good records.
There is an ever increasing effort be-
ing made to implement effective ca-
reer guidance for enlisted personnel,
but its success depends on the avail-
ability of accurate input information
from the field. I encourage you,
therefore, to avail yourself of every
opportunity to assist in ensuring that
personnel officers have this informa-
tion. Don’t wait for the required an-
nual records audit. Ask for an ap-
pointment with your personel officer
MAY 1970 THE HALLMARK
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
WE ARE TH t - MAfr. S H O R T DA YS AGO
WE LIVED, FELT DAWN, SAW SUNSET GLOW
LOVED AND WERE LOVED, AND NOW WE LIE
TAKE UP YOUR QUARREL WITH THE FOE;
TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW
THE TORCH: BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH.
IF YOU BREAK FAITH WITH US WHO DIE.
;WE SHALL NOT SLEEP, THOUGH POPPIES GR
IN FLANDERS FIELDS.
("IN FLANDERS FIELDf ’ JOHN McCRAE)
GIVE THEM A MINUTE TMS ONE DAY
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVEsl- MAY 30